Wine Reviews

2949129490USSome superripe notes give this wine a raisin-skin bitterness, but there's no denying its immediate lushness. Softly tannic, it has fantastic flavors of black currants and sweet toasted oak. If you drink it now, give it a few hours in the decanter.8992CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaAlpha Omega 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonAlpha Omega
2949229491USFloral and honey aromas are touched with earthy hints of saffron and pollen on this bold, lushly textured Riesling. The palate is quite full bodied, with intense flavors of stone fruits, poached pears and spice, but finishes long and elegant.Magdalena Vineyard Dry8936New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHermann J. Wiemer 2011 Magdalena Vineyard Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingHermann J. Wiemer
2949329492USBright, fresh apple and lime notes are accented with an earthy, minerally complexity on this multifaceted Riesling. It's semi-dry in style with forward, juicy apple and nectarine flavors brightened with notes of lime zest and a distinctly herbaceous finish.Semi-Dry8917New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaHermann J. Wiemer 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes)RieslingHermann J. Wiemer
2949429493AustriaPure crushed blackberry exudes great charm on the nose and plays alongside toasty oak notes on the palate. Neither ripeness, nor juiciness, nor muscle allow for even one ounce of fat here. Toned and concentrated fruitiness, with soft tannins and bright acidity, result in an enticing wine.Hillside8929BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoHillinger 2011 Hillside Red (Burgenland)Red BlendHillinger
2949529494AustriaBrooding and mysterious—giving away just a hint of white pepper, dark plum and floral notes of peony—this richly purple wine gives up more of its secrets on the palate, revealing ripe plum fruit and sweeter spice from oak. Tannins are plentiful, ripe and supple, while lovely pepperiness carries through from start to finish.89NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoKurt Angerer 2011 St. Laurent (Niederösterreich)St. LaurentKurt Angerer
2949629495USA solid, well-made example of Columbia Valley Syrah, this shows mixed boysenberry and raspberry fruit flavors that are accented lightly with peppery spice. It's a modest wine in terms of volume and density, but proportionate and true to variety.8935WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lauren Ashton Cellars 2011 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))SyrahLauren Ashton Cellars
2949729496ItalyHere's a lovely Verdicchio with an alluring floral fragrance of acacia and hints of Spanish broom and sea breeze. The palate shows peach, citrus and pineapple flavors, along with notes of dried Mediterranean herbs and brine. Hold for 2–3 years to develop complexity.Verde Ca' Ruptae8916Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMoncaro 2012 Verde Ca' Ruptae (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore)VerdicchioMoncaro
2949829497ChileMeaty, dry, lightly herbal berry aromas are reserved and not too pushy. This is choppy feeling on the palate, with pointed acids. Flavors of herbal berry, dark plum, coconut, chocolate and oak finish fresh, long, juicy and oaky.Alpha8925Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachMontes 2011 Alpha Syrah (Colchagua Valley)SyrahMontes
2949929498AustriaWild, black cherry mixed with ripe red plum and wonderfully crunchy, fresh tannins make this exuberant and vibrant. The fruit is so frank, you almost forget that there also is a great structure and pleasing freshness. This blend of Zweigelt and Merlot is deceptively easy to drink and so attractive.Klassik Cuvée89NiederösterreichAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNastl 2011 Klassik Cuvée Red (Niederösterreich)Red BlendNastl
2950029499AustriaRipe, sweet blueberries, black pepper and refreshing acidity make this an incredibly appetizing wine. In sheer, unadulterated drinkability, this scores so well: It's fresh-faced and uncomplicated but very moreish.Ungerberg8959BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoPittnauer 2011 Ungerberg Blaufränkisch (Burgenland)BlaufränkischPittnauer
2950129500AustriaNotes of dark, luscious cherry dominates the nose and mouth of this wine, with an enlivening freshness and vibrancy. The palate is textured with fine, ripe tannins, followed by an elegant, silky aftertaste.Pannobile8951BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoPreisinger 2011 Pannobile Red (Burgenland)Austrian Red BlendPreisinger
2950229501USWinemaker Kim Engle's wines always stand out in a flight, and this curiously spicy, sepia-toned Gewürztraminer is no exception. Aromatic, with notes of orange rind, rose petal and potpourri, it's also intensely flavored with black tea and spice that are pleasantly astringent. Not a classic Gewürztraminer by any means, but uniquely delicious.Tanzen Dame Dry8920New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaBloomer Creek 2011 Tanzen Dame Dry Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerBloomer Creek
2950329502ItalyThis opens with intense fragrances of peach and apricot that carry over to the palate alongside a juicy lemon flavor. It also boasts mouthwatering salinity and mineral sensations and, while it's delicious now, hold for 2–3 years to develop additional dimensions of flavor.Le Vaglie8925Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeSanta Barbara 2012 Le Vaglie (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)VerdicchioSanta Barbara
2950429503AustriaGentle and elegant red cherry and plum smooth out the structured body of this concentrated, medium-bodied wine. Initially closed, this invites further inspection and conversation with the promise of plush fruit and a subdued, velvety finish.Reserve89ThermenregionAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoStift Klosterneuburg 2011 Reserve St. Laurent (Thermenregion)St. LaurentStift Klosterneuburg
2950529504FranceThis is a rich, full wine that is spiced but retains remarkable freshness. Crisp citrus and acidity gives it a fine sweet-and-sour character that mingles with flavors of warm apricot and lychee fruits. Drink now.Réserve8925AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerTrimbach 2010 Réserve Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisTrimbach
2950629505ChileSpicy, earthy cherry and cassis aromas are true to the variety. This is juicy, bright and substantive in feel, with red berry, oak spice and herbal flavors. A minty, chocolaty finish full of herbs and spices provides for a good ending.Sibaris Reserva Especial8917Colchagua ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2012 Sibaris Reserva Especial Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)CarmenèreUndurraga
2950729506ItalyHere's a delicious Pecorino that opens with appealing if unusual aromas of tilled soil alongside more classic floral notes of Spanish broom and acacia. It boasts ripe white peach, juicy pineapple and lemon custard flavors, along with almond and mineral notes.Primo Cerchio8914Central ItalyOffida PecorinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Bizzarri 2012 Primo Cerchio (Offida Pecorino)PecorinoVilla Bizzarri
2950829507USBased on Cabernet Sauvignon, this blend has rich, pleasant cherry, currant and mocha flavors, enhanced with sweet toasty oak. A soft, luscious wine with a lot of popular appeal, it's drinking beautifully now.Cinq Cepages8975CaliforniaSonoma CountySonomaChateau St. Jean 2010 Cinq Cepages Red (Sonoma County)Bordeaux-style Red BlendChateau St. Jean
2950929508USThis 100% Cabernet is so approachable now. The palate offers waves of ripe blackberries, cherries, cassis and mocha, touched with oak and wrapped in firm tannins. The grapes were grown in the new Coombsville appellation of the valley.8965CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaDaviana 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)Cabernet SauvignonDaviana
2951029509USThis is a European-style Syrah, cofermented with 2% Viognier. It's soft and round, medium in body, and has a savory midpalate with flavors of cranberry, plum and pepper. On the finish is a hint of smoky oak. Profits from sales of the wine go to the American River Conservancy Wakamatsu Colony Preservation and Restoration project.Okei-San8975CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneDavid Girard 2010 Okei-San Syrah (El Dorado)SyrahDavid Girard
2951129510USThree excellent vineyards—Stonetree, Bacchus and Minnick Hills—contribute to this firmly-built Cabernet Franc. Fine tannins, a light touch of barrel toast and a hint of dark chocolate surround tart blackberry and cassis fruit. A lick of caramel comes out in the finish. Not a big wine, but exceptionally well-balanced.8942WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Dusted Valley 2011 Cabernet Franc (Columbia Valley (WA))Cabernet FrancDusted Valley
2951229511USAged in 20% new French oak with half of the wine undergoing malolactic fermentation, it's direct and appealing with peach, melon and buttery spices that lead to a warm finish.8929WashingtonAncient LakesColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDusted Valley 2012 Chardonnay (Ancient Lakes)ChardonnayDusted Valley
2951329512USIntensely fruity, almost tropical, on the nose and palate, this concentrated, juicy Gewürztraminer balances rich melon and lychee flavors with delicate notes of tea and spice. Just a hint off-dry in style.8817New YorkFinger LakesFinger LakesAnna Lee C. IijimaKeuka Spring 2011 Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)GewürztraminerKeuka Spring
2951429513ArgentinaNarrow berry aromas are angular and punchy. This feels high in acidity, with hard tannins. That sharp acidity makes for tart unyielding black plum flavors.Eggo Tinta de Tiza8530Mendoza ProvinceTupungatoMichael Schachner@wineschachZorzal 2014 Eggo Tinta de Tiza Red (Tupungato)Bordeaux-style Red BlendZorzal
2951529514ArgentinaA mix of blueberry, plum and animal aromas leads to a wiry, clipped palate fueled by tartaric acid. Lightly salted plum flavors are slightly jammy, while a blueberry note is brought back on the finish.Punto Final MLB8512Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachBodega Renacer 2015 Punto Final MLB Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecBodega Renacer
2951629515ArgentinaDusty, generic plum and berry aromas are highly regular. This Malbec is chunky in feel, without much precision. Oaky buttery slightly greasy berry flavors finish hot and creamy, with little to no elegance or cut.8513Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachLaberinto 2014 Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecLaberinto
2951729516USThe aromas of vanilla, herb and cherry show some volatility. The cherry flavors are light, finishing tart.Cesar8526WashingtonHorse Heaven HillsColumbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportMartinez & Martinez 2013 Cesar Red (Horse Heaven Hills)Bordeaux-style Red BlendMartinez & Martinez
2951829517SpainPine notes and an aroma akin to floor polish make for an iffy start. This carries a slight chemical flavor as it moves along, while honey and brown-sugar notes sweeten things up. A chunky, obtuse finish feels sticky due to mild acidity.Vendimia Tardia Single Vineyard8530Northern SpainNavarraMichael Schachner@wineschachOchoa 2015 Vendimia Tardia Single Vineyard Moscatel (Navarra)MoscatelOchoa
2951929518ItalyThis opens with subdued aromas of espresso, grilled herb, scorched underbrush and French oak. The lean evolved palate shows roasted coffee bean, a hint of oak-driven spice and a salty note but the fruit has already dried up, leaving an abrupt, astringent finish.Flauto Magico Riserva85149TuscanyBrunello di MontalcinoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeParadiso di Frassina 2011 Flauto Magico Riserva (Brunello di Montalcino)SangioveseParadiso di Frassina
2952029519FranceThis is a plump, broad southern Rhône white, offering subtle notes of melon, pear and wet stones. Drink it before the end of 2017 while it still retains some freshness.Héritages8516Rhône ValleyCôtes du RhôneJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzOgier 2015 Héritages White (Côtes du Rhône)Rhône-style White BlendOgier

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